HIBERNIAN head coach Jack Ross insists club captain David Gray still has a part to play this season despite his recent exile from first-team action.
The 31-year-old has not featured for the capital club since being hooked at half-time of a breathless 2-2 draw against St Mirren on February 1.
Gray’s appearance as an unused substitute for the Hibees’ defeat at Aberdeen on Saturday ended a run of eight games during which he had failed to even make the match-day squad.
Ross has been utilising Martin Boyle as a right wing-back in a 3-5-2 of late, affording Gray little opportunity to reclaim his spot.
Nevertheless, the experienced full-back did himself no harm on Tuesday when he found the net for Hibs’ reserve side in a 6-1 demolition of their Aberdeen counterparts.
Ross explained: “David hasn’t been injured, but we’ve had that balance in the team and with our subs.
“It’s just a case of David being ready to go, which he is.
“He’s trained well, we speak to him a lot and he is desperate to be back involved. It’s about taking the opportunity when it presents itself – and I am sure it will, whether through [a loss of] form, injury or suspension.
“Given how he conducts himself in training, he is ready to go if, and when, that chance arises.”